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never properly looked into it but don't people have varied proportions? not every one has the same arm length to torso length to leg, inside, outside and so on?
But hey, don't get me wrong cliche. Manufacturing off such a system for clothing allows for the relative low cost of clothing.
Desk - which your likely spending 1/3 - 1/4 of your life at. Spend a decent amount that you can, and same for manufactures. Has no one figured out a way to add/remove a few centimetres to desks without breaking the bank, or stability?
Joan, you are made fine. Just everyone is different. I am 6'(182cm) tall mostly in my torso, My legs are very short. 28"(71cm) I like my desk to be as low as possible. Fortunately my desk is adjustable. I have it at 26.5"(67cm) and wouldn't mind it a bit shorter.
I have been in so many battles with ergo people telling me how to sit. I am 50 and if I sit any higher my back hurts and my legs hurt and my arms hurt. So no, I sit how I sits. and if I fits I sits longer and better.
To err is human to really mess up you need a computer
currently 29-30", was a few inches higher at my old job (the only good thing about cube furniture). I'm looking at an Uplift Desk to get the height back at home. Their desks go down as low as you'd like, but unfortunately they're a US company and their international shipping is almost a lost cause (Desk frames only, minimum order of $2k), so unless you can find a reseller they're probably out of the question.
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Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
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And I love it. Not too much $, and only a little hassle to assemble. (Small house. Built it in the kitchen, didn't fit down the narrow hallway so I had to partially disassemble then reassemble in my office.)
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with this company...other than being a customer.
The desks at my office are not adjustable so I end up sitting cross legged on my chair.
In my 40 years in the computer business only one place I worked at (a startup) had adjustable desk heights. Unfortunately, I was only there for a little over a year since the place went down the tubes in the dotcom crash.
I think your best choice is a height adjustable Keyboard tray.
I used to get back pain (between the should blades) and had a dislocating rib (Excruciating).
I was referred to someone who looked at me, touched me in the front about 2 inches from my armpit, and it hurt. He said "That's your problem". I said "No, it's my back". He said "Where it hurts, is a symptom. I am here to address the cause"...
He explained to me. My cold hands were caused by my keyboard being higher than my elbows.
My back pain was from typing in the normal CURVED position across my chest (Shoulders were NOT back).
And my monitor should be so my level eyes look at the 75% mark or a touch lower. To correct the tendency to look down, we want to look up at our monitor. It helps our posture, helps prevent "Computer Neck" or the Hunch many young geeks have.
I mention all of this because it is related. Your chair controls the distance to the floor. I bought my own Herman Miller chair at one company, because it is THAT important to me!
Your Keyboard will be setup to the proper and comfortable height. (And when you ADDRESS your keyboard he has me sit with my palms up, arms out, elbows where they would be for typing, this straightens your back, now put your hands in place without changing your posture).
Your monitors should be ABOUT arms length away. Mine are about 4-5 inches more than that. So I can see the screen without focusing my eyes. Also, I used to wear special glasses OPTIMIZED for that distance, and it got rid of my eye strain.
The net result. I was seeing a chiropactor every week for the dislocating rib and back issues. He worked on me ONE Time, and I went back again. The problem NEVER happened again. From WEEKLY chiropractor adjustments to NOTHING. We became friends! LOL. (BTW, on 2 occassions the rib popped back out WHILE driving home from the chiropractor. Ugghhh).
GOOD on you for looking into this.
Control your environment for your comfort and optimal usage.
I am at my desk as much as 18hrs on some days. 12hrs is quite common.
But it's comfortable!
It's kind of a coincidence, I didn't really plan it.
I didn't know what the heck I was going to do after high school and decided to do a "common art and cultural sciences" study.
Three years later it turned out that I could do a journalism major so I though why the heck not.
What happened next will SHOCK you!
I failed the major due to a lack of studying and an abundance of World of Warcraft.
This guy TURNED HIS LIFE AROUND in a FEW SIMPLE STEPS!
I was able to get a job at my uncle's IT company (which he just bought from my parents).
That year I learned VB.NET, WinForms, SQL Server... And finished my major.
See how this guy EARNS a GOOD SALARY!
I'm now a kick-ass programmer with a wide array of technical skills who writes articles, blogs and books
I thought those courses were there to catch the Burger Hell career guys.
The people I still talk to once in a while all went in other directions after they finished the study
I had a little bit of luck that my uncle would employ me (I had a "wheelbarrow"), I even offered to work for free.
He took me in and I took the chance and for the first time in my life I studied hard (really hard).
I wrote Using Try... Catch..., Finally![^] in February 2011, which means I started working in IT (from scratch) in September 2010.
About a year later I became lead developer and another three years later I decided to move on from WinForms to web development at another company.
I remember that my new team lead said "we expected you to need at least a month to learn web development, but you were up and running after a week!"
The wheelbarrow got me in and now I work at the most Microsoft certified company in the Netherlands
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LIBERAL ARTS TUTORS HATE THIS ONE WEIRD TRICK!
The trick is long and hard work and yes, liberal arts tutors hate it!
I wrote some articles here on CP, but the article I learned from the most is the article that didn't even made it through the moderation queue.
It was very bad and one high rep mofo here on CP (I forgot his name and he isn't active anymore) called me an idiot (and many more things) for it and thought I needed to quit programming ASAP
Some good people here on CP told me to read up on SOLID and design patterns, which I did, thoroughly.
That was a career changer for me!
I have to agree with you and Eddy here - you learn more from mistakes and failures than you do from successes. I think you have to have the failures in order to understand the successes.
This has nothing to do with why my early career is littered with exploded IC's (some of which have bounced off the ceiling), smoked capacitors, small fires, and people left beside a road for five hours because their name contained four 'N' characters ... Honest!
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